Welder/Production Associate

Position Title: Welder/Production Associate
Department: Contract Manufacturing Services Production
Reports to: Production Supervisor

Position Summary

The Welder/Production Associate is a combination role where welding skills are primary and production skills are secondary.  In the welding role, a person is to prepare and assemble metal components into fixtures using hand and pneumatic tooling. Making sure quality expectations are met for maximum safety and efficiency. Applying various welding techniques (RSW, GTAW, & GMAW) in alliance with qualified WPS. Welding qualification may be required.  In the production role, a person is to run parts using laser systems assuring maximum safety and efficiency.  Both roles require the inspection of parts to verify conformance to customer specifications.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Assemble and weld components into a final assembly.
  2. Excavate porosity and repair weld as necessary.
  3. Measure, document, and ensure the component’s cost, quality, and delivery are met. 
  4. Operate on custom-designed, standard laser machinery to process material or parts in accordance with customer specifications.
  5. Perform quality inspections of finished parts.
  6. Starting and shutting down machinery using written work instructions.
  7. Able to shut down machinery in the event of safety issues.
  8. Change gas cylinders and perform table maintenance as directed.
  9. Package and route parts to shipping.
  10. Perform cleanup duties as required.
  11. Complete the required paperwork.
  12. Occasionally required to drive and operate a forklift.
  13. Various other duties as directed by Supervisor.

Job Requirements

  • 18 years of age or older
  • High school education or GED.
  • Perform and pass a welding qualification per a WPS.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Post High School education with a focused curriculum in SMAW, GMAW and GTAW.
  • Welding experience using SMAW, GMAW & GTAW techniques.
  • Experience in metal fabrication following an AWS code (ex. D1.1, D17.1)
  • Perform finishing operations using hand tools and air pneumatic tooling.
  • Ability to use and read WPS Precision measuring equipment.
  • Knowledge or history of rotary converting platforms (RCP) is helpful.

Physical Demands

  • Lifting of up to 40 pounds.
  • Sitting and/or standing for long periods of time (2-4 hours before a rest or change).
  • There are rapid repetitive motions of the hands and wrist for 2–4-hour periods.
  • Repetitive back, wrists, arm, shoulder, elbow, and finger movements occur continuously.
  • Ability to drive a forklift in a nosy environment.

Why work at Preco?

At Preco you will find a collaborative culture and a team united by a passion to provide solutions to our customers. Preco is a premier provider of laser, flat bed and rotary die cutting equipment solutions for advanced material processing needs. In addition, Preco is a skilled laser integrator offering cutting, perforating, welding, and other specialized industrial processing applications.

Preco's working environment is climate-controlled year-round and there are opportunities for career advancement.


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • 9 paid holidays per year


Available Shift Options

1st Shift
40 hr per week
Monday – Thursday
7:00am – 3:30pm
7:00am – 11:00am


High School diploma or GED

License & Certification

Driver's License (required)

Welding certificate (preferred)


  • Post high school education and or;
  • Experience in SMAW, GMAW, metal fabrication following AWS code

All Preco, Inc. employees are empowered to stop production and notify their supervisor/manager if an unsafe act or product quality concern is occurring.  Also, each member of the Preco – Somerset team is responsible for identifying continuous improvement opportunities and participating in problem-solving teams as necessary.

To Apply

Send resume to: hr@precoinc.com
This position is located in Somerset, WI

Hiring Wage

$25 - $28 / hr

Based on experience and skill

Overtime is available but not guaranteed